Aston Villa star Bjorn Engels has been quoted by the Daily Mirror as saying that he has been taking advice from Wolverhampton Wanderers ace Leander Dendoncker, following his move to the Midlands side.
Engels, 24, completed a £8million move (Mirror) from French side Stade Reims earlier this month, becoming the fourth centre-back signed by Dean Smith and Villa this summer.
He joins Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings and Kortney Hause at the back, along with captain James Chester who was signed by Roberto Di Matteo back in the summer of 2016.
Engels, who played alongside Dendoncker at Anderlecht and for Belgium’s youth sides, has claimed that he has asked the Wolves ace for advice when it comes to the style and rigours of the Premier League.
“You have Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, and I have looked to them as countrymen – and Vincent Kompany, of course,” Engels said. “We have had great defenders in the Belgium squad.
“I can only look to them and learn from them. Vincent was very important not only to Man City, but to the whole league. And I speak to Youri [Tielemans] and Leander. I know them from the Belgium Under-21s when I was there.”
TBR’s view – Engels and Mings has got to be Villa’s first choice
One of the biggest debates over Dean Smith’s first Premier League side to take on Tottenham Hotspur is who will be starting at centre-back, following Smith’s four new recruits in that area.
Captain Chester is likely to be unavailable through injury, while Hause and Konsa have no Premier League experience. Mings starred for Villa last season, and Engels has top-flight pedigree.